Saturday, January 24, 2009

In bloom today

Laeliocattleya Gold Digger 'Orglades Mandarin' is in bloom. This plant is one with which I have a love/hate relationship. This plant introduced me to Boisduval scale.

Up to this point in my orchid experience, I had had no particular pest problem. I was growing indoors and a little soap/alcohol/water mix took care of the few bugs that showed found my orchids.

Boisduval scale is a serious problem when it gets started in an orchid collection. It spread pretty quickly in mine and I spent a couple of years fighting it without using poisons.

I am happy to say that I have beat it back. It is not totally gone, but I seldom find it anymore. I'll go into more detail about that another time.

For today, I will stick to the love part of the relationship. Today, I'm enjoying the flowers.

PS: This is an older picture of scale. I haven't seen this much scale on one of my plants for quite some time.

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